Miami News

From the Office of the President

  Miami News is your monthly insight into what is happening on campus.
January, 2011  
Volume I, Issue 8  

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Visit Oxford
A current professor of political science at Stanford University, Condoleezza Rice is this year’s Anderson Distinguished Lecturer.  A generous endowment to the Farmer School, established by Jack (’41) and Rose Marie Anderson, created the lecture series that brings world leaders and prominent thought leaders to campus each year.  Rice will speak on Thursday, March 31, to present her remarks at 7:15 p.m. in Millett Hall.  The event is open to the public and admission is free.

National 2010 Community Engagement Classification
Miami joined 310 other colleges and universities who are recognized by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  The classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification, meaning it is based on voluntary participation by institutions that display collaboration among communities (local, regional/state, national, global) and for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.  To see the list of institutions successfully classified, click here.

Collaborating to Enhance Future Teachers' Diversity Experiences
Miami’s School of Education, Health and Society (EHS) and Central State University are launching a collaborative effort designed to improve teacher preparation programs via student/faculty exchanges, joint research, and teaching opportunities.  Both institutions want students to broaden their experiences and to interact more with others from diverse racial and economic backgrounds.

Reducing Utility Costs Across Campus
University officials annually project facility expenses such as electricity and natural gas purchases, utility plant operations, and infrastructure improvements.  Approximately, $24 million is estimated to be spent this year, but by restructuring contracts the university has achieved an actual cost avoidance of $1.5 million during the first six months of this state budget year (July 2010 - June 2011).

Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) Marks Second Anniversary
An integral part of Miami’s Regional Campuses, the VOALC opened for classes in January 2009 and is now serving more than 600 undergraduate and graduate students.  Located next to I-75 between Cincinnati and Dayton, the Center offers a Professional MBA program taught by the Farmer School faculty.  Educators from throughout SW Ohio are also drawn to the Center for M.Ed., principal licensure courses/programs, and a new graduate certificate in education assessment.

Kiplinger's 2011 "Best Value" List
Since 1998, Miami has placed in the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.  Currently, Miami ranks 77th among in-state best values nationwide and 80th for out-of-state public university value.  To view the complete rankings, click here.



There has been a 38% increase of Education, Health & Society (EHS) students studying abroad.